Thomas Jefferson Papers

Edmund Bacon to Thomas Jefferson, 9 March 1822

From Edmund Bacon

March 9th 22.

Deare Sir.

Will you be so good as to let me no how much oats will be wanting to be bought as an Oppertunity now offers to supply ourselves. we have ingaged 250 bushels and has been feeding on it for some days so that we may count from the begining of this month. you have 6 horsis and the mule at your stable besides Mr Coffees horse makeing 8.

We have 7 mules and one horse here and four oxen and three milk cows I suppose we may get as much ofall from the Mill as will feed the oxen & cows

it seems that in all we have 16 head of horsis & mules if we allow 2 gallons a day each 321 Gallons a day is 4 bushels a day we shall not have any clover nor pasture so that I dont no how we are to make out without food through the spring and sumer. I promised to meet a man at Milton this evening about the purchase of oats. he offers 90 days credit. I shall wait for your answer how much to buy. I am Yours &C

E: Bacon

RC (MHi); dateline beneath closing; addressed: “Mr Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ: “Bacon E. Estimate of Oats from Mar. 1. 22”; with related calculations by TJ at foot of text:

“8 horses   2. b 3.5 250.0 (71
 8 mules   1½ 245
  b.    50
<60 days>

1To arrive at this number, Bacon multiplied the “16,” positioned on the line immediately above, by an interlined “2.”

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